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Application and Admission

The Criminal Justice Application cycle is completed every January and August.  On May 1st, the application will open and then close on Friday, August 25, 2023 at 10 am. Students can expect to hear a decision by the following Monday of the deadline but are encouraged to apply as soon as they are eligible.


Because of the inter-disciplinary nature of the major and the mandatory internship in the final semester before graduation the Criminal Justice Studies major is available by application and admission only. Students interested in majoring in Criminal Justice Studies should plan to apply and be admitted to the major no later than fall semester of their junior year.

If you are registered for summer courses that could affect your application (ie: they're in progress), do not apply until those grades are in.  If you are in danger of not being in good academic standing and are taking summer classes, please wait to apply until Fall of 2023.  You can find the application requirements listed below.

To apply to the major a student must:

  1. Be enrolled at UGA and be in good academic standing.
  2. Complete the online application during the open application cycle. 
  3. Have completed at least thirty hours of college-level work (this may include AP, IB, and joint enrollment). 
  4. Have completed POLS, SOCI, PSYC 1101, and Statistics or Calculus with no grade less than "C" (a grade of 'C-' is not sufficient) and with a 2.5 GPA or better on the four classes (Statistics/Calculus, if offered as a four-credit class, is treated as a 3-hour course when calculating this GPA).  

Students who meet these criteria are admitted to the major.  Please ensure you meet this criterion before you apply to the major. When applying to UGA, students should specify Intended-CJ/Arts and Sciences on their UGA application.

Typically, the application deadline is set at the Friday of the first full week of class, but please monitor the application and admissions page and check in with your academic advisor to ensure you meet each deadline.

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